Rogie falls is a beautiful, and for those who can walk without too much trouble, very accessible waterfall just west of Strathpeffer on the River Blackwater in the Scottish Highlands. There is a car park and a path leading down to the falls. It only takes about 10 minutes to walk down but it is fairly steep in places and someone using a wheelchair or even an electric buggy would have difficulty.
To start this embroidery I have roughed out the basic areas in fabric paint on a cotton background. I’ve started with the fir trees in the far distance and will gradually build up the picture from there. Perhaps some of you would like to follow my progress with your own interpretation of the scene?
I’ve at last finished the sewing of my side garden. The original photograph was taken last year in late June/ early July when everything bursts into flower at once. I’ve made a few changes this year and I’ve also used a bit of embroiderer’s licence as some of you will spot but I’m quite happy with the result.
The houses in Achany Road were built about 1895 from local red sandstone. The colours and textures of the walls fascinate me. I can imagine the men chipping out the blocks resulting in the distinctive surface making each block a mini work of art.
Achany Road is built on land adjacent to the site of Dingwall Castle which is marked on a 12/13th century map held in the Bodleian Library in Oxford. The scant remains of the medieval Dingwall castle or ‘Mote of Dingwall’ as it was known, is now in a private garden and it is said that many of the houses round about are made with the castle stones after it was ‘levelled in 1818’. Apparently our house sits on land which was originally the castle orchard. I don’t know if this is true but another part of our garden has six apples trees, raspberries, black and red currants and a wonderful Victoria plum tree.
We are in Gozo this week visiting really good friends who moved here from southern England two years ago. It’s our second visit and the island is just as interest g the second time around as it was the first. Biggest difference from our visit in November is that the colours have changed from green in November to the browny golden colours of summer and of course the roads are lined with wild flowers everywhere.
The Gozotans are renowned for their craft work from delicate glass work to knitted products for all ages. I’d like to take a big wooly jumper home with me but I’d have to dump most of my clothes! I’m taking some pictures of the colours, patterns and light and will use the images again in some piece of embroidery or other.
This photograph is the inspiration behind my current embroidery. It was taken last year when the Highlands enjoyed one of the rare hot summers. Today it is 21C here again. I don’t think I’ve ever know two good summers in a row. My garden is again looking beautiful with geraniums, an escallonia, sweet Williams, nasturtiums, Michaelmas daisies, a peachy climbing rose, a white climbing rose and all framed by the wisteria which has gone a bit mad.
The An Teallach ridge as seen from the Road from Tore to Dingwall, Ross shire. An Teallach’s comprises two Munros and Bidein a’Ghlas Thuill is the highest at 1062 metres. from this distance it makes an impressive and fairly benign backdrop up close however the craggy pinnacles of Sgurr Fiona and the Corrag Buidhe make challenging adversities.
I’m planning to embroider this picture or perhaps it will be black work or perhaps a collage.
These are the tools of my trade. I can’t think of anything better than sitting down to a new embroidery and sorting out the threads needed to try to recapture the colours and textures of the highlands.